There were several notable position changes as Oklahoma State released its pre-spring depth chart and roster on Thursday. Here are some of the interesting tidbits from the depth chart.
Most notably, it appears Chris Dinkins has finally found a home at linebacker. A superb prospect with excellent size/speed ratio, Dinkins moved from wide receiver to safety as a true freshman while playing on various special teams units. Linebacker appears to be the permanent home for the 6-foot-1, 224-pound prospect. With his physical skills, Dinkins could end up being an all-league performer at linebacker.
Chris Littlehead is listed as the starter at one defensive tackle spot but that is far from set in stone. Nigel Nicholas appears to have secured the other defensive tackle spot but Littlehead, newcomer Maurice Hayes and Anthony Rogers will be battling for the starting spot.
Clint Chelf, Johnny Deaton and J.W. Walsh are listed behind Brandon Weeden, making it clear the backup quarterback spot is up for grabs. In the final games of 2010, only Chelf was listed behind Weeden.
Davidell Collins has moved to defensive end after spending his true freshman season at defensive tackle. Collins has excellent athleticism and should be able to help replace Ugo Chinasa and Darius Hart. In addition, Joe Okafor has moved inside to defensive tackle after spending a redshirt season at defensive end. Okafor has put on weight and should battle to be in the defensive tackle rotation.
Junior college transfer Michael Bowie will start the spring as one of the backup left tackles behind Nick Martinez, joining redshirt freshman Daniel Koenig. Bowie is expected to push for a starting spot during his first year on campus. Koenig, who broke into OSU’s two-deep early in his true freshman season but never played, is listed as the Pokes’ fifth tackle.
Quinn Sharp will battle Bobby Stonebreaker for the starting kicker job. They are listed as either/or on the depth chart.
The Cowboys have a young but talented linebacker corps with senior James Thomas as the lone upperclassmen listed. Sophomores Shaun Lewis, Caleb Lavey and LeRon Furr sit atop the depth chart.
Notable: Colton Chelf has moved to inside receiver behind Josh Cooper… Levy Adcock is back at right tackle after finishing the OU game and starting the Alamo Bowl at left tackle… Kye Staley has returned to the roster and is listed at fullback… Nathan Sorenson has moved to receiver, but will also play baseball this spring…Wyoming transfer Shamiel Gary will play safety for the Pokes and wear No. 7.
Click here to see OSU’s official spring depth chart.